The laundry room is a space reserved for functionality, but it's often overlooked when it comes to personal style. And if you're working with limited square footage, it's even more likely that redecorating is low on your laundry list of things to do.
But as any design-obsessed dweller knows, no home is complete until every room boasts it's own style, décor, and storage solutions, and yes, this includes the small, low-traffic, rarely visited ones too. Because we want this often-overlooked space to function well and look even better, we put together 10 small laundry rooms that make a huge impact.
Invest In Custom Cabinetry
Custom cabinetry can be expensive, but if you're looking to totally overhaul your small laundry space, this is where you'll want to spend the bulk of your money. Having storage custom-fitted to your unique space will make all the difference, not just in the look and feel, but in the functionality of your laundry room as well. Everything will have its own space, making it easy to keep things organized, plus, you can hide away all traces of clutter, leaving you with a streamlined, neat-looking workspace.
Be Mindful Of Your Space
When designing your laundry room, it's important to evaluate the size and layout of your space before loading in the bulky items. We love how well designer Ashley Clark utilized this nook and incorporated a stacked washer and dryer rather than the typical side-by-side set. Doing so leaves plenty of work room along the side wall to fold, sort, and hang laundry without feeling cramped. The added elements of wood countertops and a framed landscape will make you feel like you're doing your chores in the French countryside.
Mix Up Your Storage Solutions
If you're in serious need of storage space, don't just settle on a single solution. This space is just as functional as it is beautiful because it incorporates cabinets, shelves, and counter space without feeling cramped. Hide away linens, cleaning supplies, and bulky items in cabinets, store often-used items on easy-to-reach shelves, and take advantage of counter space for folding and sorting laundry. If we're being honest, we can't think of a more thought-out work space, or one more beautiful either.
Dress It Up
We love a good wallpaper. A bold print has a way of transforming even the smallest, most-bland spaces into an Instagrammable backdrop. And the best part is if you go with a peel-and-stick option, it's renter-friendly to boot. This dark, moody floral wallpaper works so well here because this laundry room has plenty of natural light to brighten things up, even with the dark washes of wood on the counter and floors. If you're working with a windowless or underground space, a bright and airy color palette may be more suitable.
Keep It Simple
Sometimes less truly is more. This bright and airy laundry room might be tiny, but it makes a major impact. The bright, white walls paired with the white washer and dryer feel fresh, while wood and jute storage solutions add a touch of subtle color. Plus, if a clean color palette won't get you in the mood to, well, clean, we don't know what will.
Plus, if a clean color palette won't get you in the mood to, well, clean, we don't know what will.
Make It Pretty And Practical
From detergents and soaps to lost socks and backup linens, laundry rooms have a way of accumulating loads of stuff. But rather than let the clutter cramp your style, use it to your advantage. Decant your jugs and tubs and store their contents in stylish jars and bottles. For less-used items, grab yourself some matching baskets and a drawer unit for a uniform look that hides all your dirty laundry.
Make It Incognito
If this tiny laundry room doesn't prove that square footage (or the lack thereof) is a state of mind, we don't know what will. We love how this shallow closet fits an entire laundry room inside and doesn't skimp on an ounce of style. The shelves and cabinets provide tons of storage space, the countertops make for the perfect place to fold and sort laundry, the clothing rack keeps drying laundry off your balcony, and best of all, the wallpaper brings tons of personality to this tiny tucked-away laundry room. It's so cute, you might not want to close those closet doors.
Give It A Vibe
The rest of your home boasts a personality all its own, so it's only right your laundry room follows suit. If you're working with a rustic farmhouse theme in your kitchen and living room, why not carry it through to this space as well? The white subway tile and black grout, paired with a repurposed wood door, mason jar decanters, and wooden floating shelves make this feel like an extension of your home, rather than just a space you use to knock out your chores.
Work Your Color Palette
The design process of any great space starts with determining a strong color palette. This achromatic display is worthy of your highest-traffic area and looks just as good in your little laundry hideaway. This striking black and white combo gives this tiny space tons of personality and keeps things looking sleek and streamlined, no matter how busy things get in here.
Light It Up
Laundry rooms are commonly set up in garages, basements, or small awkward spaces, and thus lack good lighting. Rather than let your workspace look dark and drab, be mindful of the lighting situation when you get to redecorating. If it's in the budget (and you own the place), installing a window instantly opens up the space with natural lighting. If you're looking for a bright solution for a fraction of the price, simply install overhead lighting and dress it up with a stylish pendant. You'd be surprised what some good lighting could do for a tiny space like this.